In view of the devastating second wave of the pandemic in India, President Joe Biden is to restrict travel from India starting on May 4, 2021, according to Jen Saki, the Press Secretary of White House. The temporary ban on travel from India to USA will apply only to non-US residents who are from or have been in India within 14 days prior to May 4, 12:01 am ET.
However, the India-USA travel restriction will not apply to US citizens, lawful permanent residents/green cardholders, their immediate family, and certain noncitizens including humanitarian workers from India. The United States’ entry requirements apply to those exempted from the ban on travel from India. They must test negative within 72 hours prior to boarding US-bound flights in India, take a test upon arrival, and undergo quarantine if they are vaccinated.
The United States’ ban on entry of travelers from India does not apply to certain categories of students, academics and journalists, according to the Secretary of State’s media briefing that came hours after the White House issued the proclamation suspending travel from India for non-US residents. Students who are scheduled to commence studies in the fall may seem exemption from the US’ entry restrictions.
The US does not need students looking to begin or continue an academic or vocational program starting August 1 or later, to contact the embassy/consulate and seek exemption from the restriction. They may travel to the US not more than 30 days before the commencement of their academic/non-academic studies. They must have a valid F-1 or M-1 visa. Students who need to apply for a new F-1 or M-1 visa should look out for updates on the resumption of visa services at the nearest US embassy or consulate in India.
Individuals from India, who are granted NIEs to by the US Department of State, can enter the US if they travel for purposes related to national security, public health care, and humanitarianism. They should visit the website of the nearest US embassy or consulate and contact them prior to traveling to the US as long as the travel from India is restricted.
Who are exempted from suspension of travel from India to USA:
US citizens, lawful permanent residents, academics, journalists, students with valid F-1 or M-1 visas
Noncitizen nationals of the US;
Noncitizens, including spouses and children of US citizens or lawful permanent residents;
Any noncitizen who is the parent or legal guardian of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the US citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
Any noncitizen who is the sibling of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
Any noncitizen invited by the US government for purposes related to containment of the pandemic;
Any noncitizen who is a member of the US Armed Forces or who is a spouse or child of a member of the US Armed Forces;
Any noncitizen whose entry is in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security;
“US citizens and lawful permanent residents from India can travel on Air India, United Airlines, Qatar Airways, Delta-Air France, and Lufthansa-United flights to the United States. Since the US travel ban news broke out, we have been receiving an influx of calls. We are trying our best to accommodate our customers on the best flights from India to USA for the most reasonable fares available,” said the chief travel advisor of IndianEagle.com, a most-trusted travel-booking organization headquartered in the US.
I am an Indian citizen on B1/B2. Can I travel to USA after May 4?
Normally, non-US residents including B1/B2 visa holders from India are banned from entry into the US, starting on May 4. If you are a parent of an unmarried US citizen/lawful permanent resident under 21 years of age, you are exempted from the restriction.
I am on H4 and my kid is a US citizen. Are we exempted from the ban on travel from India to USA?
Yes, you are. Being a parent of a US citizen, unmarried and under 21 years, you can travel to the US despite the restriction.
I hold a valid H1B visa. I am currently in India. Does the restriction apply to me?
The United States’ restriction on entry of travelers from India applies to you if you are not employed in the healthcare sector, or if you don’t have a US-born kid. Please be advised to contact and check with the US embassy or consulate, or your employer, if you are an H1B visa professional in the US healthcare sector.
Can I travel to India from USA after the restriction takes effect on May 4?
You can travel to India from USA. The restriction that will take effect on May 4 applies to travel from India